THE CREDIT GOES TO....
which was released a fortnight before
has brought life to an age-old debate.
No! We are not going to discuss about
Endhiran. The debate is actually on a
larger perspective. A scale which is larger
than that of Endhiran's! What is it that
actually makes a movie work? We all know
that the making of a movie is no less
than weaving a magic spell on the audience.
But it is also a collective effort, a
combined effort of hundreds of individuals.
So who takes the larger share of the pie
here? Everyone involved in the movie has
the right to claim that the movie's success
is theirs. The director, producer, cinematographer,
musician, lyricist… everyone has
an equal part to play in a movie. The
phenomenal success of Endhiran has added
a new dimension to the topic. Is a big-budget
movie a recipe for success? Analysts will
argue that a small budget movie like Kalavani
was also a huge success. OK!
There have been so many instances in the
past where big budget movies have fallen
and small timers have tasted huge success.
A very obvious example is that of Pasanga.
A movie which featured school children
and was targeted mostly at children was
a huge success. It reaped rich harvests
across the world with so many awards in
International film festivals and four
awards. So, are story and direction keys to success?
In that case, movies like Anbe Sivam and Virumandi
should never have been flops. Actor Vijay tasted huge
success with a string of hits movies like Gilli, Sivakasi,
Tirupachi and Pokkiri. So, is star value the focal
point to the movies success? Think about Vijay's movies
of the recent past and we can say it is not.
Music has played a very important role in Indian movies,
Kollywood in particular. There have been movies in
the past that have become hits only because of songs
and romantic numbers. Is music instrumental in the
movie's success? Well, directors of late have opted
to choose scripts which take a detour from the normal.
Kamal Hassan starrer Unnaipol Oruvan succeeded without
a single romantic number. Same goes with other departments
which have equal contribution in the making of movie.
So what is it that makes a movie click?
If we take a look at this year's hit movies, we can
possibly have an idea (not a conclusion) of what it
takes to strike gold. We have star value in Sura,
Singam and Asal, musical hits like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya
and Paiyaa, experiments like Ayirathil Oruvan and
Raavanan, comedy in movies like Boss Engira Baskiran
and one movie which had all, Endhiran. This has made
the situation hazier than before. We can only infer
that success of a movie is about street smart direction.
The difference here is between having food at home
and in a restaurant. It is about cooking the recipe
with all the required ingredients.
Endhiran has only emphasized this very fact. It has
the required star value, peppy songs, great locations,
the required computer graphics and the right script
which can make the audience think about the movie
after leaving the movie hall. Such a budget was required
because the script required it. We may again be proved
wrong if a movie of such extravagance fails in the
future. For now, the credit goes to ... the smarter